Region: Australia

ACCC to challenge court’s ability to accept merger remedy

Australia’s antitrust watchdog will challenge the Federal Court’s ability to accept merger remedies, as the enforcer said it will appeal against the approval of an intermodal shipping deal it was seeking to block.

27 June 2019

Appeal season: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 28 June 2019

Some important appeals are now on the docket. For the well-established Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the appeal will focus on whether the country’s Federal Court can accept a remedy that the antitrust watchdog found to be insufficient. For the fledgling Hong Kong Competition Commission, appeals have been filed against its victories in the territory’s first two cartel cases. It has also been an active week elsewhere in Asia-Pacific, with a couple of price-fixing decisions, the resignation of a competition boss and more.

27 June 2019

ACCC advises on repeal of IP competition exemption

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has issued draft guidelines on how it will enforce its competition law against conduct that involves intellectual property rights following the repeal of an exemption that immunised certain conduct.

24 June 2019

Enforcers warn against divergent leniency regimes

Competition enforcers from Australia and Korea have joined a growing chorus of voices expressing concerns about divergent leniency regimes, which they say discourage companies from applying.

19 June 2019

ACCC raises concerns about agriculture deal

A merger between two of the largest retailers and wholesalers of agricultural products in Australia may hurt competition and lead to higher prices, the country’s antitrust watchdog has warned.

13 June 2019

Ex ante regulation is crucial in digital sector, UK and Australian enforcers agree

Officials from the UK and Australian competition authorities have emphasised the need for dedicated units and ex ante regulation to address the digital economy.

07 June 2019

US DOT tentatively immunises Qantas/American Airlines JV

The US Department of Transportation has reversed course and preliminarily granted antitrust immunity to a proposed joint venture between American Airlines and Qantas, on the condition that they give new entrants access to feeder flights.

04 June 2019

Cementing a legacy

Having been appointed to an unprecedented third term, Rod Sims is ready to cement his legacy as the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. By all accounts, he has achieved a great deal since taking the reins in 2011, but he is not about to slow down. Charles McConnell spoke with Sims about the path ahead.

03 June 2019

Australian regulator grounds Qantas/Cathay Pacific deal

A proposed codeshare agreement between Qantas and Cathay Pacific to cover certain flights between Australia and Hong Kong would harm competition, a sector regulator has concluded.

30 May 2019

Australian court fines Garuda on air cargo

Garuda Indonesia must pay A$19 million (€11.9 million) for its role in fixing fees and surcharges for air freight services between 2003 and 2006, Australia’s Federal Court has ordered.

30 May 2019

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